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The BUAV Our Best Friends Campaign wants to end testing of cats and dogs. (ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL TESTING)

Take A Stand Against Cruelty: Support World Day For Lab Animals

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL WELFARE) April 24 is World Day For Animals In Laboratories and the BUAV is honoring the lives of animals who have suffered from animal testing. The BUAV wants to spread the word about an important issue in animal researchthe killing of animals considered to be surplus. Once animals are used in experiments, or even if a lab simply has too many animals, they are then routinely killed rather than sent out for adoption. Read the full article below for more on the event and the BUAV’s efforts to end the unnecessary slaughter of animals in labs. Also, make sure to sign the national petition in support of their campaign. Global Animal

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Say Neigh To Horse-Drawn Carriages In NYC

(CELEBRITY NEWS/CARRIAGE HORSES) New York’s horse-drawn carriage ban struggles to survive. The cruel tradition trots on due in part to a barrage of media coverage sparked by actor Liam Neeson. It seems people were taken with the star’s support of the horse-drawn carriage industry. Neeson is a very persuasive celebrity and made some valid points, but ultimately the only fact that should matter is: are the horses suffering? Animal activists and New York’s newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio say yes. These carriage horses are overworked and exposed to dangerous traffic where they can be injured and develop life-threatening health issues, including respiratory ailments from inhaling exhaust fumes. De Blasio, whose candidacy was supported by anti-carriage activists, promised to ban NYC’s horse-drawn carriages in his first week as mayor. Now in his fourth month, he says the ban will still happen, but not until the end of the year. In the meantime, innocent horses continue to suffer. Read below for more on why New York’s horse-drawn carriage ban has stalled and let us know your thoughts. Is this delay acceptable, or is it time to put horse-drawn carriages out to pasture? — Global Animal

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John Kerry Makes Waves With “Our Ocean” Conference

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/MARINE LIFE) WASHINGTON D.C. — In a video statement released by the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry announced his plans to host a global “Our Ocean” conference focused on overfishing, marine pollution, and ocean acidification. The conference, which takes place June 16 and 17 in Washington D.C., will announce new funding initiatives and policy targets while bringing together 400 senior government officials, industry representatives, scientists, environmentalists, and foundations from more than 80 countries. — Global Animal

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Animal Activists Stampede Liam Neeson’s Home

(CELEBRITY NEWS/CARRIAGE HORSES) Liam Neeson received some unwanted visitors at his home in New York. Picketers swarmed the Taken star’s Upper West Side apartment building Saturday protesting his support of the city’s carriage-horse industry. About 50 demonstrators showed their disdain for the actor by brandishing signs that read “Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!” Neeson wrote an op-ed column for the New York Times last week titled, “Carriages Belong In Central Park,” perhaps sparking the outrage that incited the activists to picket his home. Read below for more on this cruel practice and the more humane alternative being proposed to replace it. — Global Animal

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Easter Bunnies: Stick To The Candy Version

(EASTER BUNNIES) Rabbits bought as Easter gifts cause problems for animal shelters across the nation. After dogs and cats, they are most often surrendered to shelters especially after this spring holiday. Bunnies can live up to ten years, need veterinary care, fresh vegetables, and toys. Many people are not aware rabbits require as much care and commitment as any other pet and will drop the bunnies off at a shelter, or worse, release them into the wild. Read on for more on this issue and how to responsibly bring a rabbit into your family. — Global Animal

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China Southern Airlines Fined For Monkey Business

(PRIMATE TESTING/ANIMAL WELFARE) China Southern Airlines was recently fined for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. From August 2012 through August 2013, the airline transported over 1,300 monkeys to the United States without a license, giving the USDA the authority to fine them $11,600. The investigation and fine were prompted by a complaint filed by PETA last year after receiving a whistleblower report. In 2011, the airline was called into question for the deaths of 15 primates while importing them into Los Angeles. And in 2012, China Southern was eventually fined over $14,000 for illegally shipping primates and failing to provide the animals with adequate food, water, and veterinary care. Given the fine could have reached upwards of $30,000 for eight violations of the Animal Welfare Act, animal rights activists are unhappy with this relatively small fine, and are calling for more action. Read on for more on China Southern’s cruelty and urge Air France and ABX Air to join nearly every other airline in the world by banning shipments of primates for cruel experimentation. — Global Animal

 

 

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The Gulf Oil Spill: Four Years Later

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/ANIMAL WELFARE) This month marks four years since the disastrous BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Also known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it claimed the lives of 11 people and had catastrophic effects on the environment and surrounding wildlife. The U.S. Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (about 210 million gallons). The spill continues to have devastating effects on wildlife today, with an estimated 14 species still dying at unprecedented rates. Read the full article below for more details. — Global Animal

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Canada Clings To Cruel Seal Hunt

(SEAL HUNT/ANIMAL WELFARE) Canada’s annual seal hunt kicked off on Monday despite widespread condemnation and a dying demand for seal products. A total of 34 countries, including the United States, Russia, and members of the EU, now ban imported seal products, but with the support of the Canadian government, the seal industry still stubbornly clings to life. Read on to find out why Canada continues to defend this barbaric practice. — Global Animal

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